Defence Force tackles bullying for Pink Shirt Day

Originally posted May 22, 2015, Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand

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Police, students, nurses and defence force personnel will all be pulling on their pink shirts in a bid to combat bullying.

Over 120 events are being held around the country today for Pink Shirt Day, which aims to raise awareness about the role everyone can play in preventing bullying.

Shop owners in Turangi will be painting the town pink with themed displays, while Dunedin police will be out on the streets wearing the official pink shirts.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements says bullying is an issue most schools face in some form on another.

She said LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) youth were disproportionately affected by bullying.

“This is not acceptable. It is up to all of us to ensure that schools and communities are safe and welcoming places for all people.”

Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 after a boy was bullied for wearing…

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